• Air Flights

    Major airlines fly into Cape Town and Johannesburg on a daily basis. You won’t get cheaper fares by booking them in Southern Africa so you may as well book them from wherever you are/live.
  • Baz Bus Hop on Hop off

    The Baz Bus is a hop-on, hop-off backpackers bus in South Africa. It’s an easy way to get from A to B and a fun way to meet other travellers. They drop you at your backpacking hostel door.
  • Buy back Car Companies

    Buy a car here for your journey through Southern Africa and save up to 60% in rental fees!
  • Car Hire South Africa

    There are a number of cheap car hire operators in South Africa. All of the cities in South Africa have car hire branches.
  • Long distance trains

    Southern Africa does not have a great railroad infrastructure so travelling by train is fairly restrictive (but fun nonetheless).
  • Minibus taxis

    Without doubt, the cheapest way to travel is to use local black transport systems or “minibus taxis”. They require nerves of steel but are definitely the most efficient way to get around pretty much anywhere in South Africa.

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Long Distance Buses

There are a number of long distance buses including Translux, Intercape, Greyhound and the Baz Bus (which is the only real backpacker bus).


  • Mainliner bus services

    These are usually air-conditioned “luxury buses” which have on-board toilets and a hostess who occasionally offers you a sugary drink or blanket. “Chicken (pack ‘em and stack ‘em) busses” are cheaper, less spacious, more crowded, more likely to be fun (if you have a sense of humour) and more likely to break down. In some areas they may be the only bus service and are unlikely to have a strict timetable.
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Help research the movements of lions in the Addo.
(Addo Elephant Park,Sunshine Coast)

Backpackers dive specials.
(Mossel Bay,Garden Route)

AroundAboutCars Nelspruit
You should put AroundAboutCars on speeddial.

All Out Africa
They organise volunteer projects and can book day trips and safaris.

Daytrippers offers a wonderful way to explore the Cape peninsula and winelands by bicycle.
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)

Kwam eMakana Homestays
Live with the locals and get to understand their culture
(Grahamstown,Eastern Cape Inland and the Karoo)

The BIG Backpackers Green Point
The B.I.G is perfectly perched at the foot of Signal Hill, a short walk to shops and the buzzing promenade, Stadium or Waterfront.
(Green Point,Cape Town)

Monkey Bay Backpackers and Funky Campsites Coffee Bay
Monkey Bay Backpackers offers funky accommodation and camping sites in the heart of Coffee Bay.
(Coffee Bay,Wild Coast)

Letaba River Lodge
Letaba River Lodge Eco Park is conveniently located in Tzaneen, Limpopo

Sunflower Stop
A backpackers across the road from the 2010 world cup stadium
(Green Point,Cape Town)